# Maths Trains Brains

Every child will want to re-organise or re-decorate their room at some point. And if this means buying new furniture (like a study desk or a bookshelf) or moving existing pieces around things around, they'll need to do the measurements. It’s time to get out the tape measure. What fits where?

### Things you need

• Tape measure
• A room ready to be re-organised
• Furniture store catalogue or website (optional).

### The challenge

If your child is looking to do a spot of room re-organisation they’ll need to bring maths into the equation, specifically length and area.

Start by discussing how they want their room to look. They’ll need to use a tape measure to determine how much space they have and create a floor plan. Do they have enough space in their room to rearrange their belongings or add new furniture where they want?

### The conversation

These discussions will be ongoing during the activity:

• "What do you need to know before creating your floor plan and re-designing your room?"
• "What problems did you run into?"
• "How much bigger would your room need to be to fit all the furniture you want?"
• "Can you move any existing pieecs of furniture around to make it fit?"
• "What's the difference between centimetres and metres?"
• "Is it better to measure the width of the bed in centimetres or metres? Why?"

### The career

Knowing how to measure a space correctly has many different career applications. Set designers for films, concerts, events and theatre productions will be using this skill on a daily basis, as will town planners, builders, business owners, interior designers, property developers, real estate agents, stylists, landscapers and more.